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Premises licence - Licensed premises

To provide late-night refreshments, regulated entertainment and to sell alcohol in a premises in Rochdale borough, you need to apply for a Premises Licence.

Do I need a licence?

You'll need a Premises Licence if you want to sell alcohol or serve hot food and drinks between 11pm and 5am.

You'll also need a licence if you provide the following types of entertainment:

  • Showing a film
  • Theatrical performance
  • Live music, Recorded music or Facilities for making music
  • Indoor sporting event, boxing or wrestling (indoor or outdoor)
  • Dance or dancing facilities
You still need a licence even if the activities are for charity.

You can get a club premises certificate instead of a Premises Licence if you run a members club.

If there are machines that give cash prizes on your premises you may have to pay Machine Games Duty. Check the rules on Machine Games Duty. 


You must be 18 or over to apply for a Premises Licence.


You must be, or appoint, a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) when you apply for a licence. A DPS must have a Personal Licence to sell alcohol.

There may be other conditions added to your licence, for example having an age-checking policy if you sell alcohol.


You don't need a licence for some types of entertainment, including:

  • Educational or promotional films
  • Films shown as part of an exhibition in a museum or gallery
  • Incidental music (live or recorded)

Licence fees

You'll be charged a fee that's based on the rateable value of the property.


Application fees range from £100 to £1,905, depending on the Business Rate band of the premises. Business Rates explained

Licence Fees for each Business Rate band

Band ​A ​B ​C ​D ​E
​New application (or to change a current licence)​£100​£190​£315​£450​£635
​New application for premises used exclusively or primarily for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises​N/A​​N/A​​N/A​£900​£1,950
​Annual fee
​Annual charge applied to premises used exclusively or primarily for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises ​​N/A​​N/A​​N/A​£640​£1,050

There are additional application and annual fees for premises that host exceptionally large scale events (with over 5,000 people attending).

  • Additional licence fees (47kb)

If your premises doesn't have a rateable value it will fall into the lowest fee band of £100.

How to apply

To apply for a Premises Licence you will need to:

1. Complete and return the Premises Licence application form along with the relevant fee.

  • You can pay by cheque or credit/debit card

2. Submit a plan of the building.

3. Give a full copy of the application and plan to all responsible authorities (99kb)

4. Display a Public Notice.

  • It must be displayed in a conspicuous place on the premises for at least 28 consecutive days starting the day after the application was submitted.
  • It must be displayed where it can be conveniently read by members of the public from the exterior of the premises.
  • It must be at least A4 size.
  • It must be printed legibly in black ink or typed in a black font equal or greater than font size 16.
  • If the premises covers an area greater than 50 square metres a further, identical notice must be displayed every 50 metres around the perimeter of the premises.

You can use a Public Notice template to display on your premises - Public Notice template (44kb)

5. Publish a notice in the local press 

  • It must be placed in a local newspaper that circulates in the vicinity of the premises.
  • It must be published on at least one occasion during the period 10 working days after the day the application was submitted.
  All the documents you need are listed in the Premises Licence Guidance

Premises licence forms on GOV​​.UK

Find out how we use your personal information in our privacy notice

Once you've filled out the form you can either

  • Send completed forms to 
  • Post it to Rochdale Borough Council Licensing, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU  
  • Bring it in to the Licensing Unit (see contact section for opening hours


If there are no representations or objections, all requirements have been met and the application form is correctly completed, the licence will be granted after 28 days. 

If the application needs to be amended we will contact you, please keep a copy of all the completed forms you submit.

The newspaper notice gives the public the opportunity to make representations. If the representation is valid it may result in a Committee hearing.

To make a formal representation please use the official Interested Party Representation Form (165kb pdf

Please make sure your application is complete and valid before displaying your Public and Newspaper notices. If it's incorrect you may need to advertise again.

Length of licence

Most Premises Licences have an unlimited duration but you will have to pay an annual fee.



Please contact Rochdale Borough Council in the first instance (see contact section for details).

Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates court within 21 days.

Displaying your notice

You must display the 'licence summary' at your premises where it can be easily seen.

The other pages of the licence should be kept safely at the premises. Police or council officers can ask to inspect them at any time.


Fines and penalties

You can be fined up to £1,000 for failing to produce your licence on request.

If you carry out any licensable activities at your premises without a Premises Licence, you can be fined, sent to prison for up to 6 months, or both.


01706 924114

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.45am-4.45pm.

Licensing counter drop-in sessions, Number One Riverside​

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9am-11am and 2pm-4pm

Friday ​9am-11am

Licensing Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU